Beavers drop 10-inning thriller to Colby, 8-7

Beavers drop 10-inning thriller to Colby, 8-7

WATERVILLE, Maine – Dan Csaplar earned the pitching win and laced an RBI double to drive in pinch-runner Conor Bruen with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Colby College to an 8-7 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, Monday afternoon at Coombs Field. 

The Mules move to 14-9 overall, while the Beavers drop to 8-19.

Csaplar entered the game in the ninth inning after UMF had already scored a run and had runners on second and third base. After giving up a single that scored one run, Csaplar allowed a sacrifice fly that tied the game. However, he got the next out to get out of the inning.
The Mules went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth against UMF reliever Tom Grady. After giving up a lead-off single to the Beavers' Sean Cabaniss in the top of the 10th, Csaplar settled down and got the next three outs on a pop-up to catcher Andrew Della Volpe and two straight strikeouts. 

Jason Buco started off the bottom of the 10th with a single and was taken out for pinch-runner Bruen. Tim Corey put down a sacrifice bunt to push Bruen to second and Csaplar followed with a double to end the game. 

Csaplar finished with three hits, three RBI, and one run scored. Zach Ellenthal also had three hits and was on base four times. Ryder Arsenault finished with a double among his two hits and drove in two runs, Alec Finigan also had two hits, and Corey scored three runs and had one hit and a walk.  

Grayson Beressi led UMaine-Farmington with three hits, an RBI, and was on base all five times. Cabaniss had a double among his two hits, while Grady and Jimmy Neal both had one hit and two runs scored. 

Farmington starter Bradley Jackson left the game after five innings with a 4-1 lead after the Beavers scored once in the second inning and three more times in the fifth. Grady led off with a single in the second and eventually scored on a fielder's choice by Treyor Hisler. Colby had three errors in the fifth inning to help UMF score three runs on just one hit. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Corey led off with a single and went to second on an outfielder error. He moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Csaplar. 

The Mules loaded the bases in the sixth inning and Csaplar drove in another run with a walk. With two outs, Arsenault doubled to drive in two more runs and Ellenthal followed with an RBI single. Arsenault came in on an error for the fifth run of the inning. 

The Mules went up 7-4 with a single run in the eighth. Corey got on by error, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a single by Csaplar, and scored on a wild pitch. 

The Beavers did not give up and tied the game in the ninth. With one out, Neal singled and moved to second on a walk to Grady. Jordan Croteau walked to load the bases and a wild pitch brought in one run and moved the other runners up a base. 

Enter Csaplar into the game and he allowed an RBI single to Beressi and then a sacrifice fly to tie the game to Brett Wallingford.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Thursday, April 24, when the Beavers host Thomas College in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. on Hippach Field.